Wrapping Paper

Wrapping Paper

A teddy bear's plan to find love and acceptance this Christmas

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This video tells the story of an old teddy bear who believes his only chance of being loved and accepted is by wrapping himself up in wrapping paper to hide his faults and flaws. But when this does happen, his fear of being discovered makes him even more fearful.

To the bears amazement when the present is opened the child loves what he finds. With his father they repair, wash and care for the teddy bear.

Just like that teddy bear we may feel we need to hide from God because of our guilt or shame. But wonderfully even though he knows what each one of us is like, God still came to find us. And despite our mess and sin he loved us enough to restore us and clean us. What wonderful Christmas news.

This video tells the story of an old teddy bear who believes his only chance of being loved and accepted is by wrapping himself up in wrapping paper to hide his faults and flaws. But when this does happen, his fear of being discovered makes him even more fearful.

To the bears amazement when the present is opened the child loves what he finds. With his father they repair, wash and care for the teddy bear.

Just like that teddy bear we may feel we need to hide from God because of our guilt or shame. But wonderfully even though he knows what each one of us is like God still came to find us. And despite our mess and sin he loved us enough to restore us and clean us. What wonderful Christmas news.

Possible discussion questions

Do you ever feel like you want to hide who you really are in the hope that you'd be loved more?

How does it make you feel that God would still love us without the wrapping paper, even when he knows all our faults and flaws?

Transcript

I think wrapping paper might be the answer. I mean, just look at everyone else:

With their perfect bodies and immaculate style. Their clean little coats and their cute little smiles. What hope have I got to ever impress? Compared to them my life is a mess.

But if I was wrapped up then no one could see
The rips and the cracks and the screw-up that’s me. The paper would cover all my faults and my flaws. I’d look just the same as the others because

I would be shiny, attractive, exciting
People would see me as something inviting. If you ask what I wish for this Christmas tide Here is my answer: I just want to hide.

Now that it’s happened you’d think I’d be cheerful. But here is the thing, I’m actually more fearful.
I know it sounds weird, but now that I’m covered, I’m scared of the moment when I’m truly discovered.

I know it can’t last, this is not the real me
I am dreading the moment when I’m actually seen. What will they think, what will they say? Disappointment, disgust as they throw me away?

This is it - here we go, my heart is racing, Nowhere to hide now - what am I facing?

The paper is ripped and thrown to one side, Everything’s bright as the light hits my eye.

But wait- what is this? Can this really be true? You’re seeing me and I’m seeing you.
With hands that are caring and eyes that are kind, You pick me up and love what you find?

That cannot be because of my beauty,
It must be because of what you will do with me. You bind up my wounds and you clean up my paws, And now I am loved, but not because

I am so perfect and clean and so great.
But because you saw me and you did not hate. But loved me, restored me, you made me clean: Now this is real freedom - to be truly seen.

What could be better for Christmas this year? A Prince of Peace who scatters our fear?
Yes, God is the Maker - but we hide from him. Here is our problem It’s what is called sin.

It leads to a mess - we wrap ourselves up.

We fear being seen, but that doesn’t stop
God from coming to find us, sending His Son. He so loves this world that Jesus has come.
He loves us restores us, He makes us clean

This Christmas, find freedom. This Christmas, Be seen.

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